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The driving force behind my AAA behind-the-wheel lessons: safety

Before her Sept. 15 AAA driving lesson, senior Hope Li (left) dons a face mask as her instructor, Daniel Pedraza, takes her temperature in front of the AAA student driver car. Li has been taking lessons since July, following coronavirus precautions like wearing gloves in the car and sitting on a plastic seat cover.

Hope Li

October 14, 2020

Careful not to breathe on the gloved hand pointing the gun at my forehead, I search for a point behind his head — anything but an awkward eye-to-eye stare. I stand still as my pleated cloth mask presses against my nose and mouth with every anxious inhale. Beep. “You’re good,” says Danie...

May 28: COVID-19 halted my running streak of time spent with Dad

Art illustrated by graphics editor Erin Lee. 

Isaac Choi

May 28, 2020

LIVING UNDER THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS This is part of a series of columns from The Accolade staff about their various experiences during the school closure because of the coronavirus pandemic. If you would like to submit some of your experiences, please email us at [email protected] “Son, it...

May 27: My bucket list once California reaches Stage 4 of stay-at-home order

Art illustrated by assistant graphics editor Karen Lee. 

Isaac Choi

May 27, 2020

LIVING UNDER THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS This is part of a series of columns from The Accolade staff about their various experiences during the school closure because of the coronavirus pandemic. If you would like to submit some of your experiences, please email us at [email protected] After Calif...

Unlicensed to drive; how I learned It’s worth starting driver’s ed early

Art by assistant graphics editor Karen Lee.

Isaac Choi

March 15, 2020

I am currently 16 years old and will be turning 17 by March 27, and I have no driving experience whatsoever -- no learner’s permit or driver’s license. Nothing. I have recently noticed many of my same-age peers finishing their driver’s education requirement and working toward earning or...

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